Live Review: La Luz Record Release at The Showbox

Live Review: La Luz Record Release at The Showbox

The Showbox in Seattle has a history which includes being host to some of the greatest bands to ever take the stage. It is synonymous with the bigger acts which one has to pay good money to see. This evening though it was a local band named La Luz who has worked their way up through the Seattle music scene to become a successful, signed band on the local label Hardly Art. This was their record release show which was only 5 dollars to attend and was probably cheaper than most local shows around Seattle.



La Luz is the local band that all Settle based bands strive to become. They are talented, radiate charisma and put on one of the best shows in the pacific northwest, tonight was no exception. They took the stage with a confident yet humble demeanor which was very tantalizing. They played “Morning High” then went into “Sure as Spring.” They also played several songs from their previous album “It’s Alive“. La Luz also introduced some of the songs on the new album “Weirdo Shrine.”

The lead singer, Shana Cleveland, commanded the stage with authority, and a whimsical attitude which made her so endearing to the crowd. She has the perfect voice for the music which added just the right amount of emotion and tranquility to every song. Her guitar playing is one of the underrated parts of the band. She played every note and strummed chords with a passion which invoked a multitude of emotions which so few guitar players do today. The bass player, Lena Simon, layers the rhythms perfectly to every song. The keys, played by Alice Sandahl, layered the music with a Doors like theme to every song. You could close your eyes and just hear the music, feeling the tones slowly transporting you away to the 60s. During the song “Sunstroke” which is just music, the band had the crowd take turns body surfing from the back to the front of the pit, then finally to the stage. It was mesmerizing watching this band play with such passion. They went into “Call me in the Day” and closed out with “What Good Am I.

This is a band which a majority of the locals can remember their shows at the smaller venues in Seattle. We have watched them become one of the best bands to come out of Seattle. Check out their new album “Weirdo Shrine” which is absolutely an indie masterpiece. La Luz, the band that not only inspires all the bands in the scene but also shows us that you can make your passion and be humble and confident, reveling in your success.




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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